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John A. "Jack" Sanford (26 July 1929–17 October 2005) was a Jungian psychoanalyst and Episcopal priest.

He was the son of Edgar L. Sanford, also an Episcopal priest, as was his own father and grandfather, the author of God´s Healing Power and of Agnes Sanford (1897-1982), the founder of the Inner Healing Movement.

Jack was born in Moorestown, New Jersey, July 26, 1929, from both parents who were leaders in the spiritual healing movement. In his early twenties, he decided to follow the footsteps of his father (and his grandfather and his two great-grandfathers) and entered the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Mass., to prepare to be an Episcopal minister.He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy, graduating Phi Beta Kappa at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Later on, he obtained an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Kenyon, based on his work in the fields of religion and psychology. In 1955, he was ordained priest at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Mass. Later on, he was deeply influenced by his mentor, Fritz Kunkel, himself a disciple of Carl G. Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology, from whom Jack was a devoted student. He studied and mastered Greek mythology, Greek Language, and American Indian History, Jack's first clerical assignment was as assistant priest at St. Luke's Parish in Monrovia in 1955. He became rector at Trinity Church in Los Angeles in 1958.

He and his wife, Adaline, whom he married in 1954, grew weary of the downtown Los Angeles environment and its declining air quality. When he was offered a position at St. Paul's Cathedral near Balboa Park in 1965, he welcomed the move to San Diego. He worked as a parish priest for 19 years. In 1974, he left the Episcopal priesthood and became a Jungian analyst and psychotherapist, lecturing worldwide and commencing the writing of a series of books, most of them regarding religion, psychology Greek mithology and American Indian history.

Since those years, he enyoyed his private practice as a psychoanalyst focusing on psychology, religion and inner growth, and he found some time everyday for writing his books. He has been a mentor for Journey into Wholeness since its beginning in 1977.

He was pioneer of authoring books on serious, Dream study and Dream interpretation, combining both spirituality and science.

On the lighter side, he also wrote novels, reflecting his interest in American Indian history, lore and legend. He also wrote a piece in an entirely different area: "Running with your dogs", in which he reflected an extension of his passion for long-distance running. Jack ran consistently into his early 70's and completed the Mission Bay Marathon in the 1970s. He was also an avid hiker, backpacking in the Sierras for many years.

He was the father of a daughter, Kathryn Sanford and a son, John Stuart Sanford.

During the years of 2002 to 2003, he started showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, which got worse with time, so the family decided to move him to a Retirement House and Old Living by the name of Silverado Senior Living in Escondido, California, where he lived his final years, and where he died on Monday, October 17, 2005, from Alzheimer's complications.

He is the author of a number of books including:

  • 'Dreams: God's Forgotten Language
  • The Kingdom Within
  • Ministry Bornout
  • 'Invisible Partners
  • The Man Who Wrestled with God
  • Dreams and Healing
  • What Men are Like
  • Soul Journey
  • Mystical Christianity, APsychological Commentary on the Gospel of John
  • Healing Body and Soul
  • Evil -The Shadow Side of Reality
  • "The Strange Trial of Mr Hyde
  • "The Song of the Meadowlark
  • "Healing and Wholeness
  • Between People: Communication One-To-One

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